On this day: August 28.

On August 28, 1991, a mid-air collision between two Italian Air Force jets performing a maneuver called the Pierced Heart caused the deaths of three pilots and 67 spectators. The maneuver was being performed for a crowd of 300,000 at the Flugtag '88 airshow at the US Ramstein Air Base. One plane hit another as they were passing each other, crashed into the runway and sent a fireball into the spectator area.

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